Two weeks after it was mutually decided to end the longtime high school football rivalry between Casa Roble and Del Campo because of increasing incidents on and off the field, some of the best regional sportsmanship played out marvelously in Elk Grove and Loomis on Friday night.
As No. 15 Franklin staged a dramatic last-second defensive stop at the 2-yard line to hold onto a 28-21 victory over then-No. 2 Elk Grove and keep its Delta Valley Conference title hopes alive, No. 3 Del Oro topped No. 8 Granite Bay 30-28 on Mason Humes' 28-yard field goal as time expired.
Humes didn't flinch when the visiting Grizzlies, in an attempt to make him nervous, called three successive timeouts before making his winning kick in a game that will go a long way in determining the Sierra Foothill League champion.
In Franklin's win over Elk Grove, sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes, two to Jabarri Johnson, and senior captain Joey Banks had a remarkable 26 tackles and five of his team's eight sacks, including the final stop.
Elk Grove entered the game having allowed 29 points all season.
And in both outcomes, the coaches especially remember the good will.
"Just like Del Oro and Granite Bay, this is big here with us and Elk Grove," Franklin coach Mike Johnson said. "A lot of our kids have known the Elk Grove players for years. Sometimes, you get that timing where both teams run out onto the field at the same time, and that happened (Friday) night, and I'm thinking, 'Here we go!' The referees might've been wondering. But our guys are more likely to hug their guys than start anything. As heated as that game was, there was a lot of respect."
Elk Grove coach Chris Nixon agreed.
"It's a great rivalry," he said. "Both teams give it (their) all on the field, shake hands, hug, and they stay off the trash talking, social media. Definitely a healthy rivalry."
Del Oro coach Casey Taylor said the Granite Bay series has endured because of mutual admiration.
"They've made us a better program over the years, and I'm sure we've done the same with them, and there have been some great games," he said.
Victory at last – Kennedy coach Matt Costa joked that he can finally get off the couch and sleep in his bed after the Cougars snapped a 28-game losing streak with a 49-6 victory over Johnson.
It was Costa's first victory in two seasons.
"I can't begin to tell you how amazing it was," Costa said. "We just kept telling the kids that we just have to keep chopping wood and it will come."
Floyd Hillis-Cooper rushed for 190 yards and four touchdowns; Silencio Ratowski had 105 yards, a touchdown and nine tackles; and Adofo Williams returned an interception 45 yards for a score.
"I finally slept in this morning for the first time in two years," Costa said Saturday. "Now it's time to break down film."
Rankings update – Four teams jump into The Sacramento Bee's Top 20:
No. 17 Antelope has won five in a row and No. 18 Whitney four straight. They will meet in Week 10 to decide the Capital Athletic League title. Antelope beat Whitney last season for the championship.
Christian Brothers is back in at No. 19, having lost to Whitney 22-14 earlier in CAL play with other setbacks to No. 14 Jesuit and No. 7 Rio Linda.
The Falcons also own a 58-42 victory over No. 20 Placer. The Hillmen have a three-game winning streak, all in Pioneer Valley League action, including back-to-back routs of Bear River and Lincoln to knock each out of the Top 20.
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